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DaCosta, who was once a finalist on "America's Next Top Model," recreated the cover of Houston's 1987 album, "Whitney," which went on to sell over 9 million copies and spawn the hit single "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)." That modeling background came in handy, as the 31-year-old mimicked Houston's hair, smile, and body language to a T.
DaCosta told Entertainment Weekly, which premiered the image, that she "just looked at the [album] picture and did the pose!" If her portrayal of Houston throughout the entire film is this effortless, audience expectations should be high.
[via: EW, h/t TheWrap]
Photo courtesy Entertainment Weekly »
- Katie Roberts
Lifetime’s early-2015 biopic Whitney Houston (working title)—directed by the singer’s Waiting to Exhale costar Angela Bassett and starring former America’s Next Top Model contestant Yaya DaCosta—just began shooting. But DaCosta has already re-created the iconic cover of the pop diva’s 1987 Whitney album. And her modeling background came in handy for the quick shoot. Laughs the star, “I just looked at the picture and did the pose!” Somewhere Tyra is smizing proudly. »
- Tim Stack
Author Terry McMillan was in her late 40s when she married 23-year-old Jamaican Jonathan Plummer in 1998. He was even the love interest inspiration for her bestselling novel, How Stella Got her Groove Back. But the two had a very public and very nasty breakup when Plummer told his wife in 2004 that he was gay. What followed was an ugly divorce, several years of public recriminations, a lawsuit and an obvious bitterness emanating from McMillan– bitterness that seemed to extend beyond Plummer and apply to the gay community at large.
Well, it’s nice to see that McMillan has mellowed quite a bit and has let go of a lot of the anger she once carried.
- Aaron Landry
Ever since Angela Bassett announced she would direct a Lifetime film on beloved singer Whitney Houston, diehard fans—and most of the Internet—have speculated on nearly every aspect of the film. Who would play Houston, with her prodigious voice and winning smile? Would her daughter Bobbi Kristina appear in the movie? Would her family be involved? How would her ex-husband, singer-songwriter Bobby Brown, be depicted? And what of Houston’s death in 2012—would that make it to the small screen?
The upcoming biopic—titled Whitney Houston—will focus on the pop singer’s relationship with Brown; it’s the »
- Nina Terrero
Top Model in Houston Biopic? Yes! Yaya Dacosta will play Whitney Houston in a biopic of the legendary singer's life. The former 'America's Next Top Model' contestant will play the lead role in the new Lifetime movie depicting the highs and lows of the late 'I Will Always Love You' singer's life and career, including her turbulent marriage to Bobby Brown. Since appearing on reality TV, Yaya has landed recurring roles in 'All My Children', 'Ugly Betty' and 'House'. The biopic will be directed by Angela Bassett, who starred alongside Whitney in 'Waiting to Exhale'. While many fans are excited about the movie, Whitney's family are "p**sed" it is a TV movie because they feel she deserves so much more. Pat Houston, Whitney's sister-in-law, told TMZ: "Whitney is certainly worthy of more than a television movie. If Whitney were here today, this would not be happening. »
Tyra taught her to smize, but will Yaya sing too?
EW has confirmed that Yaya DaCosta, who made her television debut in Cycle 3 of America’s Top Model, has been cast to play Whitney Houston in Lifetime’s upcoming biopic. The Brown graduate (as she frequently reminded us on the show) has made a name for herself since taking second place in the modeling competition, nabbing acting roles in All My Children, Ugly Betty, House, and even Lee Daniel’s The Butler.
TVLine first reported the news DaCosta’s casting. Lifetime previously announced that Oscar Winner Angela Bassett (who appeared »
- Jackson McHenry
It's weird how Lifetime movies now have a certain knowingly campy sheen. Whether it's Lindsay Lohan playing Liz Taylor or the "Flowers in the Attic" remake, you know what you're getting when you sit down to watch a Lifetime Original film. And sometimes a "Lifetime movie" holds the same so-bad-it's-good cache as a "Syfy movie." Now the network is tackling an upcoming Whitney Houston biopic and thankfully, they found a pretty great star to anchor the project.
Yaya DaCosta, who famously made waves during cycle 3 of "America's Next Top Model," will star as the addled pop star whose songs still make us dance in our seat if they come on the radio (according to Entertainment Weekly). DaCosta is so cute that staring at her photo for too long will probably cause brain damage. So just keep that in mind.
Since taking second place in the reality modeling competition, DaCosta has »
- Drew Taylor
Following America’s Top Model, DaCosta picked up a slew of TV roles. She’s since appeared in daytime soap opera All My Children, Ugly Betty, House and Army Wives. Her film credits include The Messenger, The Kids Are All Right and Lee Daniels’ The Butler. DaCosta will soon appear again on the big screen in comedy-drama And So It Goes, which stars Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.
I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story will be helmed by Angela Basset, who is making her directorial debut. »
Roger Bobb is set to direct the female African American buddy action comedy, "Grown Girls Getaway" starring Garcelle Beauvais, Terri Vaughn, Malinda Williams and Essence Atkins in Trinidad and Tobago later this month. The film centers around four long time bff’s who take a Caribbean bonding vacation only to be greeted with big fun and looming danger. "Grown Girls Getaway" pairs Bobb with long time associate Angi Bones, Executive VP of Bobbcat Films. Together Bobb and Bones have produced 11 box office hits and number of hit TV shows such as House of Payne, Meet the Browns and Rickey Smiley Show. Described as a “Waiting to Exhale” meets “Hangover” , "Grown Girls Getaway" written by »
- Karen Marie Mason
Ranked: '90s Movie Soundtracks in Order of Awesomeness From Can’t Hardly Wait to Waiting to Exhale. by Gaby Dunn Ranking '90s movie soundtracks is like deciding between outfits in the morning without Cher's magic closet – almost impossible. Luckily, I have some strong opinions, not just on what should be included on a list of the best, but also where those albums should rank. My number one choice, Singles, the soundtrack to the 1992 film starring Kyra Sedgwick, Campbell Scott, the city of Seattle, and the band Pearl Jam, might prove controversial in a tight race, but I stand by it – even if Paul Westerberg later hated the main song, "Waiting For Somebody." It's just so catchy! Uh-huh-huh! Even if you don't agree with my ranking, enjoy this trip down cinema song memory lane – especially the Goofy Movie. You know you loved the Goofy Movie. 33. [...] »
- Gaby Dunn
Lifetime has greenlit a movie about Whitney Houston, with the late singer's Waiting to Exhale co-star Angela Bassett to direct. Whitney Houston will focus on the R&B diva's troubled marriage to Bobby Brown, starting from the early days of their courtship through the difficult years in the celebrity spotlight. The telepic, planned for a 2015 premiere, will mark Bassett's directorial debut. "I have such regard for both Whitney's and Bobby's amazing talents and accomplishments, and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story," commented Bassett. "Their humanity and bond fascinates us all. I'm beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world." [h/t THR]
- Inkoo Kang
The late Whitney Houston is getting the biopic treatment over at Lifetime, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Oscar nominee Angela Bassett, who starred opposite Houston in 1995's Waiting to Exhale, will direct the film, currently titled Whitney Houston. The movie will focus on the relationship between the singer and her ex-husband Bobby Brown from the time they met through the dissolution of their tumultuous marriage.
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- Sadie Gennis
Mark Pellegrino has joined the cast of A&E remake of Les Revenants. He’ll play a character similar to Jerome, a father of a girl who is one of the first returned.
Now to get to forgetting The Tomorrow People happened.
Does the world need a sitcom named Partners? It’s not like that last one went particularly well.
The L.A. Times has cut back on its coverage of The Bachelor because the show cut off access to the Times‘ assigned reporter for being too negative. Cheers to the Times for not giving in to the pressure to exchange media access for positive coverage.
- Lyle Masaki
Well, this should be interesting. A movie based on the life of the late Whitney Houston is in the works at Lifetime, the network announced on Thursday, May 22. Set for a 2015 world premiere, the made-for-tv film will be directed by actress Angela Bassett—who costarred with Houston in the 1995 drama Waiting to Exhale. According to a press release for the biopic, Whitney Houston chronicles "the headline-making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer, and model, and singer-songwriter Bobby Brown—from the time they first met at [...] »
Actress Angela Bassett has been signed up by Lifetime to tell the story of Whitney Houston for the small screen. The late singer was no stranger to the movies herself, appearing most notably in The Bodyguard alongside Kevin Costner and having sporadic success with films such as The Preacher’S Wife with Denzel Washington. Bassett has form for musical biopics – she played Tina Turner opposite Laurence Fishburne’s Ike in What’S Love Got To Do With It? She also worked with Houston herself on Forest Whitaker’s Waiting To Exhale in 1995.
The Sanitsky Co. are producing. They clearly like Bassett as they worked with her on their previous real life drama Betty & Coretta, where she appeared with another musical presence, performer Mary J.Blige. The Houston project will be her directorial debut and focuses on Houston’s turbulent marriage to Bobby Brown, presumably leading up to her accidental death »
- Steve Palace
Inevitable, but also inevitably interesting: Lifetime is doing a Whitney Houston movie. Because of course they are. When Lifetime’s press release hit our inbox, the first question that sprang to mind was: They’re not already doing a Whitney Houston movie? Adding extra intrigue: Oscar nominee Angela Bassett will direct the film. Bassett and Houston co-starred in 1995′s Waiting to Exhale together. We’re told Bassett will not star, but she may have another role in the film.
Here’s Lifetime’s plan for its take on the pop singer, who died two years ago at the age of »
- James Hibberd
Whitney Houston's “Waiting to Exhale” costar Angela Bassett will direct a Lifetime movie about the singer, the network said Thursday. The movie, scheduled for a 2015 premiere, will chronicle the headline-making relationship between Houston and Bobby Brown — from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity, to their courtship and tumultuous marriage. Throughout it all, difficulties followed the superstar couple while they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of the fame and fortune created by Whitney's meteoric rise that would soon overshadow them both. Also read: Meagan Good's One Wish for Christmas: To Play Whitney Houston. »
- Tim Kenneally
Like every celebrity death, Whitney Houston's was hailed as a tragedy. Always in the media spotlight, the singer and actress dealt with quite a bit in her final years including dealing with drug addiction, spousal abuse, and more. Now, just a couple of years after her death, Lifetime is planning a TV movie based on her life. The film, titled Whitney Houston, will also have a famous face behind the camera: Houston's friend and Waiting To Exhale co-star Angela Bassett. Bassett herself is no »
- Alex Maidy
Whitney Houston is set to be the subject of a Lifetime biopic, which will be directed by another big-name female star.
Angela Bassett will helm the film, titled simply "Whitney Houston," which will focus on the late singer's rollercoaster relationship with fellow musician Bobby Brown, and her rise to international celebrity status. Bassett and Houston co-starred in the 1995 drama "Waiting to Exhale."
Though "Whitney" will mark Bassett's first time behind the lens, the actress-turned-director already has a relationship with the Lifetime network, having starred in 2013's "Betty & Coretta." She also has some background in music, thanks to her Oscar-nominated portrayal of Tina Turner in "What's Love Got to Do With It."
"I have such regard for both Whitney's and Bobby's amazing talents and accomplishments; and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story," Bassett said. "Their humanity and bond fascinates us all. I'm beyond excited to have this »
- Katie Roberts
Five women from disparate walks of life find common ground as single parents in “Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club,” one of the best products to roll off the prolific multihyphenate’s Atlanta-based assembly line, largely absent the pandering humor and finger-wagging moralism that have bedeviled many of Perry’s earlier (if undeniably popular) efforts. Perry is by now a well-established brand who knows what his audience wants, but this gentle, touching and sometimes quite funny portrait of female solidarity (think “Waiting to Exhale” by way of “9 to 5”) manages to play to Perry’s base while simultaneously broadening it. Disenfranchised distaff moviegoers eager to prove Cate Blanchett’s Oscar speech right ought to line up in droves.
The generally low-key, ingratiating vibe of Perry’s latest is reflected in Perry himself, who gives a nicely understated supporting performance here as a divorced father of two who ends up wooing »
- Scott Foundas
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